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|With two objective lenses of the same focal length, the twin-lens-reflex sporting Mamiya C330 ends your search for a perfect film camera. Click clear close-ups without attachments or use the pinion bellows type focusing system using this Mamiya large format camera. You can capture on a 120 or 220 roll film with this Mamiya C330 that comes with an automatic film stopper. The double exposure prevention device enables light regulation on the image, taking care of preventing shadows or highlights. It is very easy to load this film camera as it comes with interchangeable lenses. You also get to change the backplate for single-exposure photography and get smart flat film with the straight film roll path without a right-angle turn in your Mamiya C330.|
|Film Type||Large Format|
|Focal Length||105 mm|
|Film Auto Transport||Loading|
|Additional Features||Focus Lock, Interchangeable Lenses|
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I bought this product due to a general love of TLRs in general and MF photography in particular, and I've found it to be simply a great product and outstanding performer. The standard 80mm lens is incredibly sharp and the whole body and set up is phenomenally robust. The option to change lenses is unique for a TLR and makes great practical economic sense-if one lens system develops shutter problems, it can be simply swapped out. As other reviewers have noted, the fairly solid proportions also makes this quite a heavy camera, but with that one also gets a TLR with probably decades of life still left in it. A few dents and scratches make absolutely no difference with an outstanding performer like this, and one can buy an old model, assuming it is accurately described as working, with complete confidence-they really are built like a tank. When I got mine from an estate sale in the US, it looked as if it had been sat unused in a box or attic for years, but I simply wiped the dust off, dry clicked the shutter a few times at various speeds (the slow speeds usually go first, but no problem even here), inserted film, and it worked with absolutely no hitch. Some of the photos I've got since, particularly in close up, are simply breathtaking in terms of sharpness and depth of field.This is quite simply one of the most underrated MF cameras out there, and often a complete bargain second hand.
Back in the '70's O owned a C330. I carried that camera with my all through my tour in the Navy. I loved. But Life happens and I sold the 330. Now I have some extra cash so I bid on and won the Mamiya C330. Now in this day and age Film is kinda blase but I love this camera. The built in bellows give you great macro range and the interchangeable lens allows one to get very creative. This camera is quite heavy, Not the 3Lbs that a c3 weighs but still a lot to lug around. Currently I am only shooting B&W. If I need color, I'll use my digital. The camera was in great shape when I got it and so far I am delighted with it.
I first used the Mamiya 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 when I was in the Navy. They were using this to replace some of the large format Speed Graphics. We all doubted the capabilities until we shot with it. We were all happy to use it once we had tried it. It was a very capable camera. Today, I own a 330f that I bought on ebay 2 years ago, and I am in love all over again. You too will love this camera for either B&W or color. The Mamiya glass is wonderful. I just reviewed a series of chromes I shot and all the subtlety I saw in life was there and with such rich detail. It is a great medium format camera. Because it offers interchangeable lenses, it opens doors to a wide range of photography. The 80 is a perfect general purpose lens, the 105 is a great portrait lens. I would recommend it to anyone.
After getting back into photography, thanks to digital, I longed to shoot some film. The twin lens reflex format was something I had played around with 35 years ago. One of the cameras that had always interested me was the Mamiya C-series because of the ability to change lenses, something that no other maker offered. After doing some research into how they had evolved, I settled on the C330f, which was the next to the last model that Mamiya manufactured, a very solid camera, heavy and built like a tank.
This camera is used to shoot black & white film exclusively. Digital is great for color but cannot come close to the richness of tone with black & white film!
I began using the Mamiya C330 with a 80mm lens in 1993. The C330 is built like a rock. It has no electronics, which makes it a very reliable camera. The medium format negative produced prints that are very sharp with good satruation and detail. Film advance is positive and reliable. I have shot over 30,000 images with it with only 2 failures. Both related to the lens. One was the contact that caused the flash to fire (easy fix). The other was a aperature problem (another easy fix). The camera is easily hand held when attached to a proper bracket. It will last a lifetime, and then some. No bells and whistles. Great basic camera that delivers great results.